For decades now the art of Ekaterina Getsova-Katia transposes variety of meaning to the “glass” material, which definitively outnumber its supposed applications. Because of many trickles of circumstances and reasons she is part of the contemporary artistic dimension, but not as a “applied glass artist”, but as a person who made an enlightened choice of material, with its unique possibilities, along with its specific restrictions. Undoubtedly, one of these trickles is the education Katia received in Prague in the studio of the famous Prof. Libenski. On the other hand, she is an artist belonging to a convicted generation striving to erase the boundaries between “fine” and “applied”. Let’s not forget Katia’s organizational activities – and even this exhibition in “Yuzina” Gallery is part of the International Glass Fest – Sofia 2012 , which is currently spreading in several exhibition areas throughout the city. Being the second-time organizer of this festival, Katia Getsova wants to initiate a broad international platform for artists to exchange practices, artists who deal with the contemporary glass art problems. In this sense, we can justly say that what we see is an exhibition of one of the creators of the contemporary conceptual dimension in glass art.

In this solo exhibition Katia Getsova exhibits several glass figures of actual size, glass reliefs and other objects. Perceived as a unity, they form a sculptural group, as if made up by ephimeral coloured lights. These glass castings are gratiously combined with ropes and light pipes, which puts them on the border between the sculpture and the installation. A close-up reveals shapes, masterfully reflecting the specifics of the glass, its casting, colouring, cutting, engraving and texture.

Last but not least – these are all female figures. The main focus in Katia Getsova’s art work over the last years is the woman. Trasnparent or semi-transparent, frontal and coloured figures of the archaic Greek times, occasionally carrying along erotic allusions, they have no direct literature message. Rather, they are simultaneously pre-modern and contemporary, silent and enigmatic, relying on the “speech” of their intrinsic luminosity and a sense of fragility.

Svilen Stefanov

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